August 3rd, 2020 by Chris Leone
Dylan Wilson has the iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship points lead. How will Hayden Cardwell respond?
Consistency has been the name of the game in the first six rounds of the championship, and Wilson, Cardwell, and Evan Seay have been the three drivers who have best embodied that trait thus far. But while Cardwell, now in his second season in the series, is the only one of the group to find victory lane, Wilson’s disappointing loss to James Edens last week at Kokomo Speedway wasn’t enough to keep the rookie from taking over the championship lead into tonight’s tilt from Fairbury American Legion Speedway.
Fairbury is the third and final quarter-mile track on this year’s schedule, joining Limaland Motorsports Park in early July and Kokomo last week. It’s also home to the final new event of the 2020 season, joining Lernerville Speedway (where Cardwell scored both of his victories thus far) as the new additions to this year’s calendar. Its real-world claim to fame in late model action is the Prairie Dirt Classic, a decades-long tradition featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series.
Based on previous rounds, the short layout should play right into Wilson’s hands, as he finished second at both of those courses, while Cardwell had to claw his way from the back of the starting grid on both tracks—18th to sixth at Limaland, 15th to seventh at Kokomo—after struggles in the preliminary rounds at both. Don’t count out Seay, either, who sits just 14 points back of the lead, has top-six runs at both tracks, and hasn’t finished worse than eighth all year.
Devon Morgan and Kendal Tucker complete the incoming top five, and should chaos occur in the heat rounds and keep the top three from making the final, either could leave Fairbury as the championship leader. Tucker is also the best of four dual threat drivers in the top 10 in Late Model points; he’s joined by Alex Bergeron (sixth), Dylan Houser (seventh), and Edens (ninth) as the top performers who also ran this year’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship.
Tonight’s iRacing World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model World Championship race from Fairbury American Legion Speedway will kick off at 9PM ET. As always, the race can be seen live on the iRacing Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube pages. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.